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'Gifted' Treatment For Underachieving Students

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As students are returning to school, the achievement gap is taking front-and-center in education debates. Researcher Yvette Jackson is proposing that school officials offer "gifted and talented" programs to underachieving students. She says these programs build on students' strengths and give them more power in deciding what they learn. Jackson is the former executive director of instruction and professional development for New York City public schools, and now heads The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. She speaks with host Michel Martin.
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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

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